TEETH GRINDING AND NIGHT GUARDS

“Bruxism” is the technical term for grinding and clenching that abrades teeth and may cause facial and jaw pain. People who are bruxers unintentionally bite down with great force at inappropriate times, often during their sleep. Many people do not realize that they suffer from this problem but approximately 1 in 3 people suffer from bruxism.

Bruxism caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked.If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax. Physical therapy, counseling and even exercise may help reduce tension. Don’t make your teeth the brunt of your stress.

If bruxism is not treated, patient could suffer from:

* Enamel loss leading to exposure of dentin, a very sensitive area of the teeth.
* Gum recession, causing sensitivity and loss of supporting bone.
* TMJ
* Tense muscles and headaches.

Symptoms of bruxism:
* Teeth edges look flat
* Sensitivity of teeth due to exposure of dentin
* Gum recession
* Clicking of the jaw with or without pain
* Constant headaches

Treatment for Bruxism:

It is sometimes necessary for patients to protect their teeth by wearing a night guard ( a plastic mouth appliance, worn at nights, can help absorb the force of biting and excessive grinding, and save your teeth). Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep.